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Switching Antipsychotics - What to choose?

Posted by efishy on October 22, 2009, at 11:50:27

I live in Norway and have schizophrenia. In norway it takes a lot of effort to switch medicines, it's not something you can do with just one appointment. Therefore i want to be sure about the next medicine i choose.

So far i have tried Abilify, Zyprexa and Serdolect. I have had the most sucess with abilify. It is activating, helps socially, helps me think clearly, and there is no weight gain. However I have can take max 2 mg abilify per day because it gives me heat intolerance.

Serdolect causes weight gain, makes me tired and does not help socially. Zyprexa makes me really tired, causes a lot of weight gain, and makes me feel like a zombie.

When i talked to the doctor today she recommended risperdal. I am worried about risperdal causing weight gain that is not reversible through cardio workout. [In norway we do not have Invega, which is better for weight gain].

I was thinking of either Geodeon [Zeldox] or Solian. The doctor says most patients don't like Geodon, and that Solian isn't that good either. However i feel like trying one of these since weight gain really bothers me.

Anyone with any experience with these medicines that can help me?




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